Wake Forest Reads: Blackthorn Winter by Kathryn Reiss

June 18, 2009

★★★ 3 starsBlackthorn Winter

In this book a girl named Juliana moves from sunny California to the gloomy town of Blackthorn, England. She’s upset about leaving her father and friends, and not knowing anyone in Blackthorn except her mother and siblings. Her mother’s friend Liza is murdered shortly after they arrive and Juliana is determined to find the killer. But will the killer find her first?

Teen Reviewer: Elizabeth, 13

*This blog post got Elizabeth a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*


Wake Forest Reads: Sunrise by Erin Hunter

June 18, 2009

★★★ 3 starsSunrise

This is a great book. If you wanted to read it, you’d have to read earlier books in the series, but they’re great too. These books are about four clans of cats (Shadow Clan, Thunder Clan, River Clan, and Wind Clan) living together. It may sound strange but these books are very interesting. This book revolves around a big secret. If you want to find out what the secret is, read Warriors: Power of Three: Sunrise.

Teen Reviewer: Elizabeth, 13

*This blog post got Elizabeth a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*

Wake Forest Reads for the WCPL Teen Summer Contest!

June 17, 2009

During June and July, Wake Forest Library teens have the opportunity to earn tickets for our summer contest by writing book reviews. Some of these reviews will be posted here to help others get an idea of what Wake Forest teens are reading. Each review will have a rating of 1 to 4 stars. For more information on the contest click here.

Watch this space for more reviews coming soon!

Teen Summer Fun!

June 1, 2009


Want to win prizes for doing fun things on your summer vacation?

Here’s what you have to do:

Starting June 1*, go to your local library and pick up a Teen Summer Contest kit and register. Then, start earning tickets that will go into drawings for prizes. The more tickets you earn, the better your chances are of winning something!

What's in the summer contest kit?

  1. Instructions
  2. A calendar to keep track of how much time you spend reading
  3. A booklist to get you started
  4. A fun origami game
  5. Candy!

How do you earn these tickets, you ask?
There are a number of different ways to earn tickets:

  1. Read! Every 2 hours you read = 1 ticket. And don’t limit your reading to books; try magazines, newspapers, blogs, fan fiction, whatever.
  2. Go! Have fun at a library event. See what your library has planned for you this summer. 1 event = 1 ticket
  3. Write! Compose book reviews or blog posts for the library’s teen blog, Flip the Switch: Teens Awake. Take a look at the blog and see what kinds of posts others have written. Send your reviews and blog posts to teenlibrarian@co.wake.nc.us. Don’t forget to include your name, age, and which library branch you go to most often. 1 entry = 1 ticket
  4. Talk! Ask your local librarian for more ways to earn tickets at your local library!

What kinds of prizes?
Of course you want to know what you’re competing for, right? Prizes include:

  1. Books! Some are autographed by the author!
  2. Coupons to local eateries such as Chick-Fil-A and Goodberry’s
  3. Art supplies from Jerry’s Artarama
  4. Flash drives
  5. Tickets to see the Carolina Rollergirls
  6. Games, keychains, bookmarks, buttons and random trinkets
  7. Check with your library branch for other prizes they may have for the prize pack

contest guidelines

  1. The contest is open to Wake County teens ages 12-18. If you are under 12, check out our kids’ summer reading program.
  2. Register for the contest at your local library branch.
  3. Once you’re ready, get tickets at the library.  Fill it out there and give it to a staff member.
  4. There is no limit on the number of tickets you can earn.
  5. Each library may be doing their prize drawings at different times of the summer. Check with your local library to see when they will be doing theirs.

*Most library branches are starting their contest on June 1, but call your branch for exact contest dates.

Head on down to your local library and pick up a starter kit for our Teen Summer Contest!  If you have any questions, either call your local library or e-mail teenlibrarian@co.wake.nc.us.

Art Contests Galore

February 18, 2009

There are several opportunities right now for teen artists in Wake County.  Some of these you may be aware of already, but let’s look at the whole picture, shall we?

Eva Perry Library, located in Apex, is having an art contest and exhibition for grades 6-12.  Teen can enter art in the following categories:  painting, drawing, photography, 3D, computer arts, and multimedia.  An optional theme is DIY Book Covers.  Make an alternate book cover for a favorite book.  Entries are accepted through April 14th, and each entry must have an entry form attached.  Entry forms can be found here.  For questions, call (919) 387-2100 and ask for Lindsey.

The East Region Libraries, located in Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, and Wake Forest, are holding an art contest called The Great Cover Up.  Teens are invited to make an 8.5 X 11 alternate cover for their favorite book.  Any medium is acceptable.  Entries are accepted through February 28th, and each entry must have an entry form and display card attached.  Entry forms can be found here.

The Wake County Libraries (all branches) is sponsoring a photography contest for all ages.  There is a separate category for teen photographers.  Entries are accepted through March 9th.  Photographs must capture the people, places and stories of Wake County, N.C. Photos must be of Wake County towns, buildings, properties, parks, citizens, etc.  Nikon has generously donated some amazing prizes, including a camera valued at $500.  For directions on how to submit and a complete list of rules, click here.

As you can see, we want to see your art, so get working.

Need a New Camera?

February 14, 2009


Hey everyone!  Nikon USA is sponsoring a photography contest for all Wake County Public Libraries patrons, including teens!

The contest is called Picturing Wake: Our County in Photographs.

You live in Wake County, right?  You take pictures of stuff, right?

Enter our contest online (or submit prints to Katrina Neville at Cameron Village Regional Library), and you could become the proud owner of a new Nikon D40 Digital SLR!  That’s a prize worth over $500!

Simply submit up to three photos you have taken over the last 2 years of people, places and things in Wake County and you could win!

For complete details, click here.

Healthy Kids are Sunshine

February 9, 2009

A brother of an active Teen Advisory Board member won an art contest! We are so excited for him! He and his dad got to visit Washington (all expenses paid) and were at a press conference on children’s health care. His artwork is featured in the video clip.

Ensuring Children Have the Health Care They Need

I want to be Healthy Too


Ibrahim Muhammad, 10 years old, Wakelon Elementary, 4th grade, Knightdale, NC, “Healthy Kids are Sunshine”

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